Patent Summary Bruce Schena

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Issued US Patents (as of April 2011)

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US Patent
Title
1
7,909,122
Methods of steering heavy mobile medical equipment
2
7,821,496
Computer interface apparatus including linkage having flex
3
7,736,254
Compact cable tension tender device
4
7,699,855
Sterile surgical adaptor
5
7,679,611
Haptic stylus utilizing an electroactive polymer
6
7,677,129
Multiaxis counterbalance and positioning system using a spatial linkage
7
7,666,191
Robotic surgical system with sterile surgical adaptor
8
7,656,388
Controlling vibrotactile sensations for haptic feedback devices
9
7,564,444
System and method of applying force feedback to a manipulandum wheel utilized with a graphical user interface
10
7,561,142
Vibrotactile haptic feedback devices
11
7,548,232
Haptic interface for laptop computers and other portable devices
12
7,533,892
Steering system for heavy mobile medical equipment
13
7,511,706
Haptic stylus utilizing an electroactive polymer
14
7,489,309
Control knob with multiple degrees of freedom and force feedback
15
7,450,110
Haptic input devices
16
7,447,604
Method and apparatus for compensating for position slip in interface devices
17
7,439,951
Power management for interface devices applying forces
18
7,391,173
Mechanically decoupled capstan drive
19
7,339,572
Haptic devices using electroactive polymers
20
7,253,803
Force feedback interface device with sensor
21
7,236,157
Method for providing high bandwidth force feedback with improved actuator feel
22
7,233,313
Control knob with multiple degrees of freedom and force feedback
23
7,209,028
Position sensor with resistive element
24
7,196,688
Haptic devices using electroactive polymers
25
7,182,691
Directional inertial tactile feedback using rotating masses
26
7,113,166
Force feedback devices using fluid braking
27
7,106,313
Force feedback interface device with force functionality button
28
7,084,854
Actuator for providing tactile sensations and device for directional tactile sensations
29
7,061,466
Force feedback device including single-phase, fixed-coil actuators
30
7,054,775
Digitizing system and rotary table for determining 3-D geometry of an object
31
7,038,657
Power management for interface devices applying forces
32
6,956,558
Rotary force feedback wheels for remote control devices
33
6,937,033
Position sensor with resistive element
34
6,903,721
Method and apparatus for compensating for position slip in interface devices
35
6,822,635
Haptic interface for laptop computers and other portable devices
36
6,762,745
Actuator control providing linear and continuous force output
37
6,704,001
Force feedback device including actuator with moving magnet
38
6,697,748
Digitizing system and rotary table for determining 3-D geometry of an object
39
6,697,048
Computer interface apparatus including linkage having flex
40
6,693,622
Vibrotactile haptic feedback devices
41
6,686,911
Control knob with control modes and force feedback
42
6,486,872
Method and apparatus for providing passive fluid force feedback
43
6,400,352
Mechanical and force transmission for force feedback devices
44
6,348,911
Force feedback device including safety switch and force magnitude ramping
45
6,342,880
Force feedback system including multiple force processors
46
6,304,091
Absolute position sensing by phase shift detection using a variable capacitor
47
6,271,833
Low cost force feedback peripheral with button activated feel sensations
48
6,271,828
Force feedback interface devices providing resistance forces using a fluid
49
6,201,533
Method and apparatus for applying force in force feedback devices using friction
50
6,191,774
Mouse interface for providing force feedback 
51
6,166,723
Mouse interface device providing force feedback
52
6,154,201
Control knob with multiple degrees of freedom and force feedback
53
6,134,506
Method and apparatus for tracking the position and orientation of a stylus and for digitizing a 3-D object
54
6,128,006
Force feedback mouse wheel and other control wheels
55
6,125,337
Probe apparatus and method for tracking the position and orientation of a stylus and controlling a cursor
56
6,100,874
Force feedback mouse interface
57
6,078,876
Method and apparatus for tracking the position and orientation of a stylus and for digitizing a 3-D object
58
6,050,718
Method and apparatus for providing high bandwidth force feedback with improved actuator feel
59
6,020,875
High fidelity mechanical transmission system and interface device
60
6,015,473
Method for producing a precision 3-D measuring apparatus
61
5,999,168
Haptic accelerator for force feedback computer peripherals
62
5,929,846
Force feedback interface device including grounded sensor system
63
5,929,607
Low cost force feedback interface with efficient power sourcing
64
5,907,487
Force feedback device with safety feature
65
5,817,119
Surgical instrument for endoscopic and general surgery
66
5,805,140
High bandwidth force feedback interface using voice coils and flexures
67
5,792,165
Endoscopic instrument with detachable end effector
68
5,724,264
Method and apparatus for tracking the position and orientation of a stylus and for digitizing a 3-D object
69
5,721,566
Method and apparatus for providing damping force feedback
70
D389,782 
Robotic golf bag carrying cart
71
5,691,898
Safe and low cost computer peripherals with force feedback for consumer applications
72
D377,932 
Mechanical digitizing arm used to input three dimensional data into a computer
73
5,582,617
Surgical instrument for endoscopic and general surgery 


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